A young woman is viciously murdered in Queens. The killer has left every indication that this will be the first in a long reign of terror. Detective Kate Manning is hunting the elusive butcher while desperately trying to decipher his message. Following the trail of blood, Kate will be pushed to her limits, as she is drawn into an age-old battle that challenges what it means to have faith in God and in man.
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Although the underling motif of the story is a search for God's overall goodness in the midst of evil, I would not classify this as a Christian thriller, as some have. However, it is certainly a thriller with universal themes that explore matters of faith, good vs. evil, loss, non-functional families, love, and sibling rivalry. The author, David W. Gordon, takes the listener on an intense journey into the mind-set of a murderer, and paints him as evil incarnate. Despite the killer's identity being known early on, it doesn't distract from the tension. The action itself still evokes plenty of suspense and, pun intended, will rip your heart out in places.
Be forewarned that this book isn't for the faint of heart due to the gory and violent content in it. Also, there are several detailed sexual scenes and descriptions, along with the implied sexual sadism of the killer. That being said, there is also a mix of light-heartening and redemptive moments sprinkled throughout. Again, although their is a religious (Catholic?) motif, this is not a preachy and uplifting story. Although the ending becomes somewhat predictable, the last chapter and epilogue keep you in suspense. I found the narration to be pretty well done aside for some minor failures with trying to assume female, but certainly not enough to take away from the flow of the story. Between the narration and the ingrained suspense of the story, I listened right through in one evening.
I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys detective thrillers with the Caveat that they must be willing to endure some graphic violence. A review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review. My hope is that this review helps in your decision to obtain this book.
Although this was an okay story, it was not for me. It's clearly written by a man that does not have a high opinion of women. The book is a good mystery/thriller story that will draw you in if you can get past the fact that every female character in the book either crams her "DD's into a C cup" to lure in men, or is a gold digger, or loves threesomes, etc., and all have daddy issues, including the so-called heroine. The best part of the book was the narration. The narrator did a great job. I was given this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.